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army deployed to repel a boko haram attack in nearby borno state. al jazeera's headquarters - coming up on the programme, condemns the killing of the journalist kenji goto jogo by i.s.i.l., the japanese government says it's highly likely the video is authentic free aj's staff - it's 400 days since three of our journalists were gaoled in egypt. plus... >> i'm rory challands on the
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freezing shore line where a russian film was made. about corruption upsetting russian authorities. keep watching to find out what the locals think nigerian army is battling suspected boko haram fighters after launching an attack on made aggury. reinforcements have been sent into the capital. let's go straight to armed idris. what more do you have for us. >> well the guns have fallen slept in maiduguri. things are calming down and residents coming out of their homes to assess the situation. currently no one can say how
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many people were hit. according to military and other sources in maiduguri, the attack was launched. it's on different parts of the city. boko haram is important in its fight or in its effort to establish the state in the north of nigeria. basically people are beginning to come out of their homes to assess what happened. but some residents are saying that at least the rocket was fired initially. totally from the boko haram gun, and caused damage killing people this has taken a week. it comes as the group has suffered setbacks. >> exactly. this is not the first time boko haram attacked maiduguri. it was repelled by the military and coming at a time when boko
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haram suffered setbacks especially close to the border with cameroon and chad. we heard about how the troops and bombing ammunition this that area and several towns and villages in that area. another battle frond opened trying to recaptured places and all those places that have been taken over by boko haram over the last year. akmed idris reporting it is highly likely that a video showing the killing of japanese journalist kenji goto jogo by i.s.i.l. is authentic. it condemned the killing, describe it has an heinous act of terrorism. caroline malone has this report. shock, sadness, sympathy by family. crowds outside the prime minister's office. after they found out that a
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reporter had been in syria by the islamic state of iraq and levant. >> always hoped to make the world a place without wars, and save children from war and poverty, i promised to carry out it. >> a video released by i.s.i.l. was most likely real. >> translation: we are deeply saddened by this despicable and horrendous act of terrorism and denounce it in the strongest terms. to the terrorists we will never forgive. >> kenji goto jogo had gone into syria to help rescue nationals, who had been taken by i.s.i.l. that person has been killed. before going, kenji goto jogo made a video making it clear that he knew the risks. >> all this is on me.
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>> reporter: people feel the killing of two japanese people by i.s.i.l. in a week would change perceptions. >> i think the incident will degrade the islamic image in japan, and this is a tragedy because, of course the hostage crisis, and the terrorism that is going on in northern iraq and syria has little to do with islam. poem people in the islamic community are worried about a backlash. >> a misunderstanding because what happened that we heard this morning in the news it has nothing to do with islam. news of the death of two japanese nationals within two weeks has made an impact. it's greatly affected people a jordanian government
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released the statement condemning the killing of kenji goto jogo. saying: i.s.i.l. threatened to kill the pilot unless jordan releases a female iraqi bomber in prison for nearly a decade. it's unclear why i.s.i.l. would want to the release. >> she's the would-be suicide bomber virtually unheard of. sajida al-rishawi has rarely been mentioned by al qaeda who sent her and her husband on a bombing mission. it was in 2005. there were three separate attacks. she and her husband attended a wedding ceremony, his suicide
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deft detonated. hers failed to explode. she ran away and was arrested. an investigative journalist interviewed her through her lawyer and said she lives in self-imposed sol ittary confinement. she has not had visit juniors for nine years. she's illiterate with little motivation and no apparent value to i.s.i.l. >> translation: if sajida al-rishawi was important to them they would ask for her before now. why wait. they did not capture the jordanian pilot. would they have asked? i don't think so. >> why did i.s.i.l. demand the release of sajida al-rishawi when there was more fire-brand operatives gaoled in jordan. that question is a crucial one on whether the pilot is still alive remains unanswered. the political establishment here
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is convinced i.s.i.l.'s motivation is to cause trouble in jordan. >> i think the purpose of i.s.i. s, and to create as much difficulty. decision-making process. >> there have been protests against jordan's role in the coalition fighting i.s.i.l. it toned right down now. at least it is happening. the issue and the lieutenant has been killed. protests are sure to resume. >> al jazeera continues to demand the release of three journalists imprisoned in egypt for 400 days. >> peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed were wrongly accused of colluding.
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peter greste wrote a letter from prison writing, in our case freedom is a continual fight. january 1st, the court overturned the convictions and ordered a retrial. we have no idea when it might begin. while we remain strong and determined to clear our names and freedom. 400 days is too long to correct an injustice wayne hayes sat with peter greste's parents in the australian city of brisbane and asked how they felt about their son marking 400 days in prison. >> a complete sense of disbelief. here it is as you say. 400 days. it's a very bitter sad reality. >> and you have just come back from spending two months in cairo and visiting peter on several occasions. how is he coping now? >> he's always been a strong
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person and he very pliable, you could say the word coping with all sorts of situations. you know when you are a foreign correspondent in many ways. this is another won of those. and peter is dealing with it you know as best he can. thinking of all sorts of possibilities of what he might be able to do within the confines of his situation. >> and, i nine he has bad days no doubt about it. he pulls himself up. he was talking to us about it the last time we were there, saying that when he does have a bad day, he knows he's telling himself that the next day will be good and it always is. there are good days coming up. even if he has a bad day. >> what can you tell us about diplomatic efforts to get peter
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out of gaol and back to australia? >> i don't think it's an exaggeration to say we continued to look into a dark void although at the same time we feel that we are doing anything we can to get peter back home. we do know that an intense diplomatic matter is going on. the governments continued to be made on peter's behalf. it's not as if we are treading water all the time and hoping for the best. and yet in its own strange way, there is - there appears to be little traction. that, of course doesn't help to lower stress lels. still ahead on al jazeera.
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we look at indonesia's drug crime. >> i'll take a look at why one festival produced many of india's well-known olympians.
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the assaults were launched from four fronts on the outskirts of maiduguri. japan says it's highly likely that a video showing the beheading of kenji goto jogo is highly likely. al jazeera is demanding the release of our colleagues peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed. they've been gaoled in egypt for 400 days. they are accused of colluding with outlawed groups. >> the united nations mission to iraq says over 1300 people have been killed in the violence there in january alone. according to u.n. figure more than half of them 790 were civilians. 2200 people wounded in bombings in other attacks. the capital in baghdad was worse affected with 256 civilians killed there. shia militias were accused of
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returning to their homes, wanting to be clear that i.s.i.l. occurred and commanders denied the accusation success in forcing i.s.i.l. out has opened old religious wounds in 2005, this woman was forced out of her home town. 10 years later, she is back. nor is an iraqi kurd. he took part in the recent islamic state of iraq and levant, a formerly aligned group. i.s.i.l. fighters may have been defeated they were not the on ones leftment the sunni population is no longer here and some blame them following the i.s.i.l. takeover. >> the civilian al qaeda. they help them give them water, food given in support.
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houses. they take them into the peshmerga house. >> it is there. they are not the only force on the ground. they are cooperating with shia militia men and the popularization force. accused of operating outside the law and changing the deccography in many areas. we met members of the popularization forces based in the town. they refused to appear on camera. they told me that they are going to allow people to return. they will not take part in fighting allowingside i.s.i.l. >> the kurds say the same thing. they deny they are punishing sunnis belonging to the same sect as i.s.i.l. fighters. kurdish commanders say the displaced can return from home made improvised device but they
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trees that diyala is an al qaeda stronghold. >> translation: we have credible information that 95% of sunnis in jelal awe were fighting with i.s.i.l. al qaeda and other terrorist groups many of them were in our areas. >> instead of uniting iraq's communities, the war opened drones and created future conflicts. the reality is an example of the need more reconciliation. african leaders called on the international criminal court for charges against santa barbara. the i.c.c. issued an arrest warrant, charged with genocide and crimes against humanity. the african union accuses them of disproportionately targetting
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africans. >> the appointment of robert mugabe in the african union union could harm relations. robert mugabe says it's not his business what the west says or does. thousands of people are taking part in a march through hong kong to demand free elections in the territory, it's the first rally since demonstrations shut down the party for more than two months. sara clark has the latest from hong kong's financial district. >> organizers hoped around 50,000 people would attend the rally. i would suggest it's closer to 10,000 people. it's made its way from there, along a 5km march to where we are now, in the heart of the hong kong financial district. traffic has been blocked. you may be able to see me.
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2,000 police were deployed to oversee the rally. there has been no confrontations confrontations, it's been a peaceful rally. effort to control this filed. beijing will have a public election in 2016. but thet choose the candidates appoint the candidates. protesters know that given the talks, they believe that the only way forward may be holding the rally to address what they want which is greater voting rights in the election. >> it's a growing campaign to save two australians from drug trafficking in indonesia. it defended its use of a death penalty because it's facing a drugs emergency. we have this report. >> reporter: this man is in one
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of indonesia's four government-run rehabilitation centers. there's a huge shortage of treatments for drug addicts. 80,000 die every year because of drug abuse. >> my friends using with me have died. i have no more friends. though two or three - indonesia is an important market for drugs, with a population of 250 million, and they say it's corrupt. early early january 862,000 were confiscated. many other shipments come through. >> the largest ever a growing mark in the region.
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back at the rehabilitation center there are others treated for abuse. this man is now a counsellor. mental revolution. we can go after the dealers. it's very likely that drugs are entering the country. they are becoming the middleman. the government admits police and government officials are involved in the drug trade. >> it's the president's firm. i am sure the police chief will follow. if the president is not firm. it will be full of drugs. we need commitment to stop. >> most support the death penalty for drug-related offenses, many see the dangers of capital punishment.
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it was an own private drug center. the government should focus more. >> there's a lot of anger. they feel unsafe for the kids. everyone is using. doesn't seem to be anything working. education is not in pleas. there's not a lot of money for prevention programs. and then we have recovery and the question whether we have rehabilitation or recovery. the government says executing drug traffickers will serve as a deterrent. one executed drug dealer will. a military spokesman said 13 soldiers were killed and 20 wounded on saturday. it has intensified.
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pro-russia in the bell rusian capital. the two sides blame each other for the collapse of peace talks. bahrain revoked the citizenship of 72 people. the opposition says it took an anti-government protest. demonings had been taking place in bahrain for almost four years. most of the people on the list are abroad and can appeal against the decision. it's one of the most acclaimed films of 2014. it is only now getting released in the country where it was made. it caused controversy with a scathing picture of corruption in russia. rory challands travelled to the north where the film was shot to see what they thought. >> reporter: take the road east head north across the wet
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tundra. in two hours you find a once thriving fishing village huddled on the shore of the sea. here summers ago a film was made. a film now making waves. >> it's the story of mechanic father and husband who fought him to a corrupt local mayor. it's won awards. it's nominated for an oscar, but domestically prays has been less forthcoming. >> themes are relevant anywhere in the world, where ordinary people can be destroyed by corrupt officials. it's the depiction that made the authority comfortable. it's not an accurate rendition of the country. before the characters swear,
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doesn't make them real russians. the ministry part funded the films suggested it will not give money. it spoke again. it's giving a more measured statement. >> this film is a fiction. the director sees things. this film is filmed here. it's not about us. so it is a generalised image. as we let another tv crew arrive, people here are not used to cameras and questions. out in the snow different views. the film hasn't been released. villages given an advanced screening. >> no one should have done it. it's a good film. they showed it.
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this is life. >> it's a truthful film. this is how we live were lied to. they say one thing but do differently. look at the houses we live in. it's easy to feel forgotten in run-down corners. the film has, however briefly busted away the village's anonymity. for many attention is just what it needs the film up for an oscar. >> the state of punjab is holding a rural olympics. it's a big deal for many athletes leading to selection for the olympic team. we have this report. >> this woman starts race day
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with a prayer. she travelled, to compete in what is known as india's rural olympics. it is a big deal. she spent the last year preparing for the 400m sprint. >> translation: this is part of my training crucial to being selected as part of the national team. my dream was to be selected and win a medal for india. >> reporter: she impressed the coach who over the years were on this electric. >> usually our ath lease are internationally recognised. one couldn't be here. what does that tell you. this is a more rural event. a national meet of the highest standard. that's why every event is serious. beating the competition brings
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financial rewards and public recognition. >> for 79 years this event brought the athletic talent to india's attention. it is not just about launching careers, it's a reminder of traditions that unite people. since 9:33 poem have been coming to the main stream port. untraditional strengths of agility. >> like europeans, punjabis are sports people. they have to do a lot of physical work. they have fostered their own sporting traditions like flower lifting. >> core finishes second. it's not the podium finish but what he's happy with. for core the journey towards her dream is a victory in
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itself. a little nudge in the direction of the web. you see the main feature is free aj staff. the release of three journalists that we are calling for. - all the other stories that we are covering right there. a level of delegation led by the president of the united states paid a condolence call. sympathy for the last of king abdullah, and the first contact with the new king salman. it's "inside story".